FrontpageNewsBath NewsPubs and bars in BathPackhorse Pub near Bath reopens today after reaching million pound target in community campaignA huge campaign saw the pub being bought back from the developerByBronte HowardTrainee news reporter06:00, 18 MAR 2018Updated09:19, 18 MAR 2018The Packhorse pub will finally reopen (Image: The Packhorse) Get Daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailIt’s been a long time coming but the Packhorse pub near Bath is finally set to reopen today.The pub in South Stoke closed its doors in 2012 and a four and a half year campaign saw over million being raised to buy the pub back from the developers.Those behind the battle said it was “possibly the largest total any UK community has raised to save a treasured, heritage pub” and the 400 year old pub is now fully funded.After years of campaigning and renovation work, the pub will reopen today and hundreds of punters are expected to attend the opening.A spokesman for the pub said: “As you know, was raised to buy and completely refurbish the pub.The view in May diggers on site of the Packhorse PubManaging director Dom Moorhouse said in May: “Myself and the team aim to deliver value for money and its taken time to pull the plans together.”We have a duty of care to the community, the shareholders and most of all to the Packhorse, to get it right first time.”We’re absolutely delighted to be making headway with a project that we’ve spent months talking about.”Thinking about heading over to the pub? A message posted on the Packhorse Facebook page reads:”Friends. Four hundred years after its first timbers were laid and six years after it was closed, following a momentous community effort (the largest ever pub “buy back in the UK), the Packhorse at South Stoke re opens its doors to the public this Sunday at 12pm.”We are expecting a lot of people to join us for this historic moment if you plan to come along also please, please read the note on parking and plan your journey in to help us with this.The restaurants, bars and shops opening soon in Bath”Assemble from 11.30am for 12pm opening ceremony: a few short speeches before new sign reveal, ribbon cut and doors open. Close at 11pm.””Please note that we will not be serving our full menu on Sunday due to the expected large numbers.
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